I’d like you to think about something. In the United States of America, it is illegal to consume raw dairy in 15 states, legal in 9, and very restricted in the other 26. On the other hand, Pasteurized milk is legal in all 50 states.
You’re going to find that statistic a little out there after you’re done reading this post.
Now, I want you to think about something else, in the United States of America, it is legal to consume alcohol and tobacco in all states at the ages of 21 and 18 respectively. That holds true although we have recorded the negative side effects of consumption of both (not that I’m against people consuming either).
That was just a little food for thought before we get into Raw Milk vs Pasteurized milk .
On that note, I’d like to share a little opinion and say I do think that because of how much we value Freedom , Raw milk should be completely legal. And you might agree with that after reading below.
[She's probably drinking a glass of pasteurized milk. Although, if this photo had been taken back in the early 1900s, when many people's health was much stronger, it would have likely been raw milk ]
Raw milk is simply milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized. It has not been subjected to high heats or high pressure.
Pasteurized milk is milk that is brought to a high level of heat in an attempt to kill off all bacteria, good and bad.
Non-pasteurized/non-homogenized (Raw) milk allows for the original and organic structure of milk to be kept intact, meaning the lactose sugar is not altered to beta-lactose, allowing for people who might have been allergic to lactose before to consume it. That, and the additional enzymes make it possible.
Yes, you read that right, many people who could never drink milk before can actually consume raw dairy because of how different the structure is and the addition of living enzymes to the food/drink. This isn’t me advising you to go and do that (you take that responsibility), but me just presenting the facts.
Legally, I cannot recommend raw milk to anyone, I can only recommend that you do your research, and state that actions usually follow research and thought.
If the dairy industry realized that raw dairy would allow more people to consume more dairy because of the whole no-allergy benefit, they would jump on the money-train.
When you heat any food or drink to 275 degrees F in the method that Pasteurized does, nearly all the living enzymes and good bacteria are killed. Staying void of opinion, so does some of the bad bacteria.
It comes at a cost. Because of the heat of pasteurized milk, the good bacteria and living enzymes that protect you and increase your immune function to protect you from harmful viruses and bacteria are eliminated in the process.
Additionally, Vitamins D, C, B-6, B-12, and more can be lost in the process, which is why synthetic vitamins are actually added back into pasteurized milk.
With Raw milk, you get all the natural vitamins and minerals, the enzymes that help you with digestion and immune function, and the bacteria that your body is full of already and needs to stay healthy.
Antibiotics and Hormones:
Because of the nature many cows are treated and the diets they are fed, pasteurized milk may have additional synthetic hormones, antibiotics, chemicals, additives, and pesticides. It is a well known fact that if the animal or food you’re eating is toxic, it can have some bad side effects inside of your body.
Now, Raw milk can have some of these toxins also if the cow is fed a grain based diet, although I rarely hear of raw milk that comes from a grain-fed cow. In any case I’ve heard of, raw milk comes from grass-fed all natural free-range cows. But you would have to check with the manufacturer.
In my personal opinion (there I go with the opinion thing again), raw milk tastes way better. It’s on another level of taste. I don’t have any scientific studies to back that up.
I was purchasing raw milk last year (legally ) and at that time, it cost $12 a gallon. You can get a gallon of regular milk for about 3 or 4 dollars. So raw milk is about 3 times the cost, although the benefits in my eyes are well-worth the cost if you have access.
And the big one…
Between 1998 and 2005, pasteurized dairy has led to over 200,000 cases of food poisoning and 600 deaths.
Between 1998 and 2005, raw dairy has led to 1007 illnesses and 2 deaths.
Now, Pasteurized milk has a much larger consumer base because it is legal and raw milk is not, so we have to take into consideration that more people consuming, means more people getting sick.
The last time I checked the suspected amount of people drinking raw milk in the United States, it was between 50,000 and 75,000. That number cannot be confirmed because it is illegal in so many states, so those who drink it don’t exactly go around parading the fact they do.
Raw Milk Versus Pasteurized Milk, Final Words:
If you didn’t catch it above, I do think Raw milk should be legal around America. But that’s also because I believe people should take responsibility for their actions, which is a “cost” of being free. I used to consume Raw milk last year when I was living in an area of Arizona where it was legal and could be accessed easily, and the cost was completely worth it.
And for many, the benefits they’ve received from using raw dairy are phenomenal. You can search “raw milk benefits” on google and read anecdotal stories for days on how much raw milk has helped some people. For research on raw milk, I advise a read of “Pottenger’s Cats” by Dr. Francis Pottenger.
It’s technical, short and to the point. You can see actual results of what happened between being fed pasteurized milk and raw milk.
The Order of Dairy:
For me, it goes raw dairy products -> organic dairy products -> non-organic dairy products.
If you’re interested in consuming raw dairy, I’d say check out your local grocery stores to find out whether they sell any type of raw dairy.
Sometimes they are able to sell raw cow cheese or raw goat cheeses in major grocery stores.
For raw milk, you can check whether it’s legal or not in your state by calling your local gov.
If you don’t have any access to raw dairy, I would say the next best idea is consuming organic forms because of it’s increased health benefits and lack of chemicals.
Actually, while writing this post, a link to a recent study/article showing the benefit of organic milk over non-organic popped up on my feed, you can check it out here. Kind of rudimentary for consistent readers on this topic, but still informative.
If you can’t buy any raw dairy or organic dairy products, there’s only two choices left. You either completely eliminate it (except for cheat days) or limit it. Since I like to take the non-extremist approach, limiting the non-organic dairy is the best choice.
You could even try eliminating non-organic dairy from your diet for a week or two (not that difficult) and recording whether or not you feel any differences. I usually see people have changes in weight, acne and digestion. And that’s enough for them to either drop non-organic dairy or switch to primarily organic/raw varieties.
That’s all for today. Let me know what kind of dairy drinker you are in the comments and why: non-organic, organic or raw!